MINIATURE ZEN GARDENS
recent work is a product of my studies of Buddhism and meditation and
my desire to do work which relates to these ideas. My intent is to make
work that can function as objects for meditation as well as being just
pleasing to look at. It is also important that this work reaches people
on an emotional level. In response to recent world events, both natural
and man made, I wanted to offer something that might counteract the
stress that these events have created. When the idea of making the Zen
gardens came into my head I knew that they were what I was seeking.
The first designs were immediately images in my head and when I started
to work it felt like the pieces just rolled out from within as if they
had been there for a long time; just waiting to be released. In all
of this work my hope is to project a sense of peace and tranquility
which will translate itself to the viewer.
There are several types of gardens that I create:
Zen Gardens are
based on the traditional forms of Zen gardens with delineated areas
of sand, rocks, pebbles and other small objects some of which can
be arranged however the viewer wishes. In those with fine sand, a
small rake is included to create patterns in the sand.
have a sculptural setting which is sometimes abstract and sometimes
realistic and evokes a quality of quiet energy.
are designed for a specific individual by incorporating themes that
are of special interest to them in the piece.
have come from the recognition that this work can function on any
scale from small table top sculpture to large installation pieces.
I am pursuing the use of these designs for larger pieces as well as
designing Zen Garden installations for private gardens and commercial